American conductor Gilbert Levine was awarded a high papal honor, becoming the fourth Jew in history to receive the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great.

The Brooklyn-born Levine was awarded the honor on Monday in Paris by French Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, who was born a Jew, lost his mother at Auschwitz and converted to Catholicism as a teenager.Levine became artistic director and principal conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987, the first American to conduct an Eastern European orchestra.



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